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Preliminary Figure Test

    Figures, or school figures, refer to circular patterns which skaters trace on the ice to demonstrate skill in placing clean turns evenly on round circles. These circles are skated using one foot at a time, as a skater masters balance, control, flow and edge to achieve clean and accurate tracings.

     The goal of these workshops is to demonstrate the turns performed on two and three lobe circles that are the basic foundation of the Compulsory School Figures tests that previously required to be passed prior to taking the Free Skating tests to qualify skaters to enter competition events.
  • FTR 8.01 Preliminary (PRE)
The figure elements shall be skated in the order listed.
Figure No.
Foot Figure

RFO LFO Skating Edges

RFI LFI Skating Edges

RBO LBO Skating Edges

LBI Skating Edges
RFO— LFO Forward Outside Circle Eight
2a RFI— LFI Forward Inside Circle Eight

RFO — LFO Waltz Eight

The entire test shall be marked on a “Pass” or “Retry” basis only and individual marks are not awarded.

The skating edges shall be short strokes with correct take-offs from one foot to the other.

Five consecutive strokes on each foot shall be skated. The back inside strokes are alternate back inside take-offs by the spiral method.

The candidate must show substantial steadiness and shall be asked to retry for lack of ability to skate clean edges on a flexible and bent knee. Notwithstanding the provisions of SSR 1.01(A) the candidate may mark the center of the figure to be skated with a single mark on the ice, made with the heel of the skate blade, approximately 4 inches long, along the short axis.

(Approximate time for test: 15 minutes.)

Judging panel required: Three low to higher rank figure judges; or one intermediate or higher rank figure judge.

Basic Consecutive Edges

Forward outside edges

Forward inside edges

Backward outside edges

Backward inside edges

Edges must be started from a standing position.

Skaters will perform four to six half circles, alternating feet, using an axis line such as a hockey line.

Circle Eight

    Figure Number            










 Test Number



Waltz Eight

    Figure Number            






Test Number



     Lesson plans are being developed that are designed to have video clips of the technical skills and performance levels of each element. It is our hope to gradually add these resources to the lesson plans as time and funding permits.



The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

School Figure Tests - Table of Contents
Pre Test Figures
1st Test Figures
2nd Test Figures
3rd Test Figures
4th Test Figures
5th Test Figures
6th Test Figures
7th Test Figures
8th Test Figures

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